Acupuncture For Unexplained Symptoms

Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and health care practitioner and effective treatment options are limited: One in five patients have symptoms that remain unexplained by conventional medicine. A new study examines traditional acupuncture as a treatment for people with unexplained symptoms. The study from the Institute of Health Services Research, University of Exeter, assessed 80 such patients to investigate their experiences of having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care. Findings indicate that acupuncture has a significant and sustained benefit for these patients and can be added safely to conventional therapies used by practitioners to treat patients with unexplained symptoms. Patients were divided into a group receiving 12 acupuncture treatments over 26 weeks or a group which received the same number of treatments beginning 26 weeks later. The acupuncture group reported a significantly improved health survey score compared to those not receiving acupuncture immediately. The acupuncture group maintained their improvement up to 52 weeks, and the second group, now receiving acupuncture, showed a ‘catch-up’ improvement. Participating patients had a variety of longstanding symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue. Patients reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable, and that they appreciated the holistic nature of the sessions. As a result many patients were encouraged to take an active role in their treatment, resulting in cognitive and behavioral lifestyle changes, such as a new self-awareness about what caused stress and how to manage it, and taking their own initiatives based on advice from their acupuncturists about diet, exercise and relaxation. Benefits of acupuncture: • Reduced dependency on medication. • Increased energy. • Balanced mental-emotional states. • Reduced fatigue. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture For Treatment Of Nausea

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Antioxidants Associated With Longer Life

Posted March 07, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

High blood levels of antioxidants appear to be associated with longer life. Oxygen-related damage to DNA, proteins and fats may play a role in the development of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene are all carotenoids with antioxidant properties which can counteract this damage. There are several dozen carotenoids that have antioxidant activity in the foods that we eat. Beta-carotene is the most well-known, since in most countries it is the most common in fruits and vegetables. However, in the U.S., lycopene from tomatoes now is consumed in approximately the same amount as beta-carotene. Antioxidants (including carotenoids) have been studied for their ability to prevent chronic disease. Findings suggest eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases. Chaoyang Li, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues assessed the relationship between alpha-carotene and increased mortality risk for a JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine study. Among 15,318 adults who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-Up Study, researchers assessed wellness in participants over a 16-year follow-up. Participants with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood had a lower mortality risk compared to those with lower levels. Higher alpha-carotene concentration also appeared to be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer. “Alpha-carotene is chemically similar to beta-carotene but may be more effective at inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in the brain, liver and skin,” the authors write. Consumption of yellow-orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash) and dark-green (broccoli, green beans, green peas, spinach, turnips greens, collards, and leaf lettuce) vegetables, which have a high alpha-carotene content, has been previously associated with a decreased risk of lung cancer. In addition to a diet high in levels of antioxidants, traditional Chinese medicine therapies can aid in promoting longevity and wellness. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy can: • Reduce stress. • Restore balance. • Increase vitality. • Enhance the body’s natural healing abilities. … Read More

Massage Treats Chronic Headache

Posted September 24, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

The psychological and physiological state of individuals experiencing tension headache improves within 24 hours after receiving a 30-minute massage, according to a new University of Granada study. Tension headaches have an increasing rate of incidence among the population. This disorder causes disabling pain and is usually treated with analgesics that relieve symptoms temporarily. One of the main causes of this type of headache is the presence of trigger points. A 30-minute massage on cervical myofascial trigger points focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in the muscles. Trigger point massage improves autonomic nervous system regulation. Massage also enhances your psychological state by reducing the stress and anxiety associated with chronic tension headache. Individuals with chronic headache report a relief from symptoms within 24 hours after a massage. Massage can reduce the pain caused by trigger points, which improves the general physical state. Massage treats a wide range of health conditions. Benefits of massage: • Boosts the immune system. • Reduces stress. • Increases flexibility and range of motion. • Regulates blood pressure. • Reduces pain and stiffness. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers massage therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of acute and chronic headache as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Fatigue

People experience fatigue when they cannot effectively manage daily activities and responsibilities while allowing time for their health. Many feel continually fatigued. Acute or chronic, fatigue can lead to exhaustion and constant low energy. Fatigue is not improved with sleep and can impair functioning and quality of life. … Read More

Massage For Heart Health

Posted July 16, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy

Massage can reduce stress, increase production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), improve blood circulation, reduce blood pressure, and slow heart rate—all benefits that can contribute to heart health. Massage therapy on a regular basis can reduce occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias, which cause the heart to pump less efficiently, and can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Massage can ease heart strain by improving circulation toward the heart while relaxing contracted muscles. Massage improves circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients in the body by strengthening circulation. The massage practitioner’s manipulation of skin, tendons and muscles, the body’s soft tissues, can have a calming effect on nerves and can reduce stress. Postsurgical massage can aid in reducing pain and muscle spasms. Massage heart health benefits: • Reduces hypertension. • Manages depression and insomnia. • Enhances relaxation. • Treats anxiety. A massage once or twice a week can aid in long-term health maintenance. Some of the immediate physical benefits of massage are regulation of the automatic nervous system activity and stimulation of the lymphatic and hormonal systems, which can contribute to heart health. Register now for summer Massage Therapy program classes offered at Acupuncture & Massage College. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and State Law classes begin July 26. Enrollment in the Massage Therapy program is on a monthly basis. For information about the Massage Therapy program call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Posttraumatic Stress Treatments for Vets’ FREE Lives

Nearly 30 percent of soldiers returning from combat in Iraq experience posttraumatic stress disorder or depression that affects their daily lives and activities. For as many as 14 percent of these veterans, PTSD and depression can cause severe impairment. Assessing health surveys from more than 13,000 Army and National Guard infantrymen who fought in Iraq, a new Archives of General Psychiatry study has determined that between 9 and 14 percent of the soldiers were diagnosed with PTSD or depression resulting in serious impairment, while 23 to 31 percent experienced some degree of impairment. The pre-deployment rate of PTSD and depression among the soldiers was about 3 to 5 percent, equivalent to that seen in the general population. The risk of mental health problems may be more persistent among National Guard soldiers. A greater proportion of men and women in the National Guard than in the Army were diagnosed with PTSD and depression one year after their return. The standard time between deployments, 12 to 18 months, may not be sufficient for many soldiers to recover, the study suggests. Acupuncture can be an effective addition to treatment regimens for PTSD, alleviating symptoms. PTSD symptoms acupuncture treats include: • Insomnia. • Stress. • Anxiety. • Depression. AMC’s Community Clinic offers free acupuncture to veterans on Fridays. If you are a veteran, call (305) 595-9500 to schedule your free acupuncture appointment. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

What Is Shiatsu Massage?

Posted June 29, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy

Shiatsu massage is a form of Oriental massage therapy, shiatsu is based on Japanese massage therapy traditions and integrates Chinese medicine theory and practice with Western physiology and anatomy. Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore qi, or energy balance, in the body. The shiatsu practitioner applies pressure to specific points to promote energy distribution throughout the body and to correct disharmonies in the energetic components of the body. Shiatsu benefits: • Improves posture. • Reduces acute and chronic neck and back pain. • Stimulates the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems. • Reduces blood pressure and heart rate. Shiatsu therapy treats the root cause of disorders and conditions while enhancing overall health. Therapy often results in increased range of motion and improved coordination. Utilized as either a primary therapy or complementary therapy, shiatsu restores the nervous and circulatory systems, improves muscle elasticity and bone structure and contributes to mind and body wellness. Register now for summer Massage Therapy program classes offered at Acupuncture & Massage College. Shiatsu and Qi Kung 1 class begins June 28. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and State Law classes begin July 26. Enrollment in the Massage Therapy program classes is on a monthly basis. … Read More

Massage Therapy Schools Miami

Posted June 18, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Miami, Florida

Therapeutic Massage In Health Care One of the oldest healing arts, massage therapy has been used over a time span of some 3000 years to treat and cure a wide range of common ailments and health conditions. Therapeutic massage effectively treats: • Lower back and neck pain. • Sprains and muscular strains. • Fatigue and stress. • Arthritis and inflammation. • Circulatory and digestive conditions. Today, therapeutic massage is utilized in a variety of health care settings, such as clinics, alternative health care environments, medical offices, and hospitals. Therapeutic massage is also incorporated into specialized treatment for orthopedics, geriatrics, chiropractic care, sports medicine, and physical therapy. Holistic practitioners tailor therapeutic massage techniques to enhance energy work. … Read More

Essential Oils Combat Bacteria

Essential oils can be an effective alternative to antibiotics and may have potential to combat drug-resistant superbugs, according to a new Society for General Microbiology study. The antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils was tested by Yiannis Samaras and Effimia Eriotou, M.D., from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes. The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are commonly found on the skin and can cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains are extremely difficult to treat. "Not only are essential oils an effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimize the risk of new strains of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms emerging," says Samaras. Essential oils’ therapeutic properties have been utilized for hundreds of years, although very little is still known about how they exert their antimicrobial effects. Tea tree oil has been used to treat colds, sore throats, skin infections, and insect bites and has been used as a medicinal antiseptic since the early 20th century. “The oils, or their active ingredients, could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application,” the researchers state. Essential oils are: • Capable of being antiseptic. • Are probiotic, aiding the body to combat infection. • Are stress reducing and have a sedative effect. • Are synergistic when blended together. … Read More

Free Veteran Clinic on Fridays

Fridays from 1pm to 4pm, veterans can receive free acupuncture treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic, located at 10506 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. Call (305) 595-9500 to schedule an appointment. Classified as an anxiety disorder, PTSD can result from the experience or witnessing of traumatic or life-threatening events such as terrorist attack, violent crime, torture, genocide, natural disaster, and military combat. Symptom clusters of PTSD include re-experiencing of the event (intrusive memories, flashbacks), emotional numbing, behavioral avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, and hyper-arousal (difficulty sleeping, irritability, being easily startled). According to the National Center for PTSD (US Department of Veterans Affairs), about 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in recent war zones experience combat-induced PTSD, a categorization of PTSD more difficult to treat than PTSD caused by other traumas. Acupuncture can be an effective addition to treatment regimens for PTSD, alleviating symptoms. PTSD symptoms acupuncture treats include: • Insomnia. • Stress. • Anxiety. • Depression. If you are a veteran, call today to schedule your free acupuncture appointment at (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Counting Calories May Cause Weight Gain

Posted May 13, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

Reduced calorie diets may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight. Cutting calories in the diet can increase levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol can lead to additional abdominal fat. “For the first time in humans, we are finding out that cutting your calories increases cortisol,” says Janet Tomiyama, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead author of a new Psychosomatic Medicine study examining diet and weight gain. "We think this may be one reason dieters tend to have a hard time keeping weight off in the long-term," she says. Counting calories and reducing calories in the diet leads to the weight retention caused by increased levels of cortisol. "No matter how you cut calories, whether that's doing it on your own, or doing something like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig, it doesn't matter, it's still going to increase your cortisol level," she said. Nearly 65 percent of people gain back more weight than they lost while dieting and nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults are currently dieting. The study examined four groups of women, some assigned to calorie-tracking and reducing their calories. At the start and end of three weeks, cortisol and stress levels were measured. When calories were restricted, cortisol levels increased and calorie-tracking caused higher levels of stress. Burning more calories than you consume is the only way your body loses weight. The most effective way to lose weight is to modify lifestyle habits to incorporate regular physical activity and a healthy diet. Lose weight by: • Eating well and being active. • Joining weight loss support groups. • Avoiding diet pills and diet fads. • Reducing stress with relaxation techniques. … Read More

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